Vegan School Lunchbox Ideas

Here is a selection of lunchboxes I make for my six-year-old (nearly seven, as she has pointed out!). Although her school were offering her a vegan option, which in comparison with the standard menu was much healthier, I found the food to be too processed, which she wasn’t enjoying. I must admit I was a bit stuck at first when I considered what I would give her in her lunchbox,  but it’s really easy when you get started. I use a lot of leftover dinners from the evening before, and it’s also a fantastic way to use up little odds and ends in the fridge that aren’t enough for a family meal. For her drink I just give her water.

These are typical lunchboxes I will make either for her school lunch, her holiday club or days out. I find using a bento-style lunchbox is much easier to fill – the one shown here is from System which is BPA and phthalate-free, it cost around £8 and is lasting very well*. Stainless steel tiffin boxes make a brilliant plastic-free option. ECOlunchbox and Indian-Tiffin do great containers perfect for lunches. *UPDATE: My plastic one broke so I have brought a steel one from Mintie (which I should have done from the start and saved the waste and money spend on plastic – lesson learnt!).

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  • Leftover roasted new potatoes and carrots
  • Lentil crisps from Eat Real
  • Posh Bits from Nakd
  • Leftover Sweetie Pantry brownie
  • Veggie sticks
  • Chopped grapes

  • Leftover jollof rice
  • Dairy-free chocolate raisins
  • Perkier coconut and chia bar
  • Naan
  • Apple, carrots and tomatoes

  • Plain chickpeas
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Chopped spinach
  • Wrap with mushroom pate

  • Hummus and cucumber sandwich
  • Oat biscuits from Nairn’s
  • Plain crisps – supermarket own
  • Carrots and cucumber slices
  • Mixed berries with a few sugar-free, gelatine-free, beeswax-free gummy bears

  • Trex bar
  • Bagels with salad and hummus mixed with chia and flax seeds
  • Strawberries
  • Cashew nuts
  • Banana

  • Carrot sticks
  • Vegan sausages and tomato ketchup (this amount of sausages was for three kids! Two would be enough for just Ruby)
  • Peaches
  • Homemade avocado, black bean cupcake
  • Nakd bar
  • Few Goody Good Stuff sweeties
  • Tomatoes

Sandwich filler Ideas:

  • Hummus
  • Vegan cheese – Violife or the supermarkets all seem to have their own plant-based cheese ranges now
  • Pate (mushroom, vegetable, chickpea, white bean, olive) If you want shop-bought, Granovita do a great range
  • Peanut or any nut butters
  • Pumpkin seed butter
  • Jam
  • Linda McCartney pulled chicken or duck can be made the night before – mixed with a little plain plant-based yogurt, vegan mayo or Oatly creme fraiche if needed
  • Veggie sausages

Bars – click here 

  • Nakd
  • Pulsin (they do a great kids range)
  • Cliff bars
  • Trek
  • Hale and Hearty


  • Nims fruit crisps – super-healthy, no added anything!
  • Walkers (not healthy but vegan!) salt & vinegar, ready salted, prawn cocktail, worcester sauce
  • Tesco bacon crisps are vegan as well as a few of their other flavours – as with all supermarkets
  • Twiglets
  • Most salted pretzels
  • Eat Real do a great selection of lentil and hummus crisps, all clearly labelled vegan
  • Roasted peas 
  • Popcorn – lots are vegan and a handful or small packet will be a nice treat in a packed lunch
  • Seaweed thins

Side fillers

  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Olives
  • Rice cakes
  • Oat biscuits – Nairn’s do a good range
  • Cube of dark or dairy-free chocolate
  • Pot of nuts and seeds or dried fruits
  • Plain chickpeas or other beans

One thought on “Vegan School Lunchbox Ideas

  1. Thanks for this! I’m going to try the LM pulled chicken/pork as a sandwich filling and also will make a mushroom pate. The fruit crisps sound good too.

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